Sunday, May 20, 2007
In all honesty though, I'm writing on my blog right now so I can procrastinate my final IR paper on global warming a threat to global security. So, I'm going to stop here, and get back onto my document. Or maybe I'll check out slashdot first...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I'll keep checking back and see how it improves, if that.
Back to my 2 pager, then 4 pager, then 14-pager... what an end to a semester.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The front-page of the site works, but once you hit 'play games' (http://games.atari.com/playgames/home.jsp) the page is down. Oh man, this is going to make the news tomorrow. I know there are hundreds who use the site at any moment of any day...
I'm going to sulk now. Maybe youtube has something entertaining...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
(Submitted for a Journalism class assignment - OpEd piece)
When Alexander Graham Bell's patent for the telephone was granted in 1876, little did he know that it would eventually lead to the emergence of Globalization: A powerful international phenomenon that has paved the path for technological comparative advantage, where countries are now trading based on what they are best-suited to produce. In terms of trading skill, this has become infamously known as outsourcing. A little over a century ago, European nations were scrambling to set up industries in African countries. Now, using mouse-clicks and Skype, the
In the last decade the increasing use of the Internet has taken outsourcing to another level. American workers, particularly in finance and technology sectors, have already begun losing jobs because someone on the other side of the world can afford to work for less. In addition, whopping population growth rates in the Southern Asian region mean that there are more people willing to work for every one U.S worker. The U.S has a labor force of just over 150 million people, compared to
BBC correspondent Steve Schifferes reports that Reuters, the world's biggest news agency, hires journalists in Banglore to work the night shift to report financial markets in the
Software development has also been a key success story for
For such governments, this should have come as no surprise. People talk about skilled labor like its an issue today. Skilled labor was an issue during the industrial revolution. That's old news. There's two things that
So what's next? Should Americans begin to hold onto their jobs with everything they have, stay longer hours and make better coffee for their bosses? Should they look to other specialized technical or financial fields where the Tigers can't bite?
What the world needs now is an influx of American expertise... outside the
Everyone is pumping aid into developing countries. But problems with the aid getting to designated projects arise because of corruption and, in some cases, civil conflict. Rarely do we experience the lack of resources or man power in developing countries. Natural resources are abundant, machinery is constantly donated, and people are ready to work. Rather, it is the poor mobilization of these resources and working masses. The U.S would do well in stepping in, not so much to take over such projects, but to assist in their management.
These are not new terms. You and I have heard them, but we've been too caught up in the drama between the East and the West. It's time we stopped shying away from outsourcing and confronted it in a positive and constructive manner. It's time the U.S played its part...in full.
The semester is almost over, and I'm stressing out. I wrap up work at the EastWest Institute next week, but final papers are due for classes, and I have an exam for my IR theory class. It's been quite a semester, and I feel like I'm coming out having learned a lot. But geez... what a semester. When I think about my mood changes, the people I've met, the experiences I've had, that's all I can say - what a semester!
I figured I'd also start posting some of the paper's I've been writing for my Journalism and Human Rights classes. If I look back on the reflections I put in those papers, compared to what I thought about the topics before this semester, I think I'd see some pretty significant changes. It's funny how people's opinions change vastly after they actually sit down to think through what they have an opinion about.
Anyhow, that was the best short update I could do for a lazy night. More updates to follow. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
"Michael Dell, the founder, chairman and chief executive of Dell, is himself an Ubuntu user. He has the operating system installed on a high-end Dell Precision M90 laptop he uses at home."